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Cruise Ship Crew Members Accidents and Injuries

Every job comes with its own risk, being a cruise ship crew member is no exception. While working on a cruise ship, you are susceptible to marine injuries. Cruise ship crew members must ensure that everyone on board is comfortable, relaxed, and satisfied. They help all passengers to have an enjoyable cruising experience. As accident-free as this may sound, it is associated with minor and major maritime injury and admiralty accident cases.

Working in every sector of the cruise ship has its own risk and injury. Even cruise ship crew members working in the kitchen are not left out. To ensure you have a good degree of safety and security as a cruise ship crew member, you may need to be more cautious, even though it's a hostile working environment.

Fortunately, maritime injury and admiralty accident cases are treated differently from accidents from other jobs (if you are aware of your rights). Cruise ship crew members have legal rights and protections under the Jones Act and the US general maritime law. Depending on the circumstance of the injury and accident, a cruise ship crew member has a legal right to maintenance and cure, which include lost wages, lodging costs while sick, medical care, and other benefits.

Cruise ship crew members are entitled to maintenance and cure up until maximum improvement is observed. To be able to fully enjoy this legal right, you need to hire a maritime injury lawyer. Their job is to ensure that your right is protected and your employer fulfills his obligation to you as a cruise ship crew member who got injured in the line of duty. They ensure that you get adequate medical care and enjoy comfortability up until recovery.

Cruise ship crew members are often advised to hire a maritime injury lawyer when they get into maritime injury and admiralty accident cases. Each case is different, so you need the help of an experienced maritime injury lawyer. The Injury Firm can provide you as a cruise ship crew member all the legal assistance you need to ensure that your right is protected according to the Jones Act.

Common maritime injury and admiralty accident cases

Working on the cruise ship exposes you to several maritime injuries which may be minor or major. In whatever case, you are entitled to adequate treatment and maintenance. Read Introduction to Maritime Law.

Crew Member Slip and Fall On a Cruise Ship

Slip and fall accident on the cruise ship is common as crew members work from heights. This accident can be extremely dangerous. Despite that they will be wearing safety harnesses and possess safety tools, slip and fall accidents are not uncommon. Slip and fall accidents are common to every crew member, including the spa crew and the janitorial crew. Since the cruise ship stairs, deck, and floors are usually slippery, crew members are vulnerable.

Lifeboat Testing Accidents on a Cruise Ship

Lifeboats are meant to save lives, but they sometimes take lives too. Cruise ship crew members are made to go through routine drills to test their lifeboat maneuvring skills. During this test, many of them get injured, while some die. Injuries and death still occur during the lifeboat testing despite the safety measures put in place.

Machinery Explosion On A Cruise Ship

Machinery explosion on the cruise ship may be as a result of generator, boiler or compressor blast. If the machinery and systems are not well checked and well maintained, there could be an explosion at an unexpected moment. This accident may lead to severe injuries or even death. If such ever happens to you as a cruise ship crew member, you do not have to go through it alone. Contact The Injury Firm so that you can get all the necessary health care that you are entitled to.

Enclosed Space Accidents on a Cruise Ship

The enclosed space of a ship is a potential area for accidents to occur. These areas hold several toxic and flammable gases, they are not properly gas-freed. Entry into such areas can cause an accident to crew members. It can result in an extremely dangerous situation leaving the member injured.

Mechanical Malfunction on a Cruise Ship

Never trust a ship that is not in completely good shape. Accidents leading to injuries and even death may result from being on a cruise ship with no guaranteed mechanical function. In a case like this, a crew member has the right to maintenance and cure from the shipowner. Having a cruise ship crew member accident lawyer by your side can make your claim easy for you.

Cruise Ship Man Overboard 

This is not uncommon among cruise ship crew members. This may happen as a result of a crew member trying to ensure the safety of passengers or while working to prevent some accidents. Although crew members have been trained to deal with such situations, the weather condition and heavy sea may pose as an enemy to the quick rescue operation. Hypothermia can result from such an accident.

Cruise Ship Robbery Attack

Cases of robbery attacks or accidents are common on cruise ships. This happens when the cruise ship comes across pirates with lethal weapons to rob and loot the vessel. In the process, they beat and inflict injuries on the crew members as they try to save the passengers and the ship itself.


Gangway Accident

Gangway accident results from lack of maintenance of the gangway wire rope. If the gangway wire rope is not maintained, it falls and this ultimately results in injurious situations.

Conclusively, every cruise ship crew member must know their legal right. You have the right to be taken care of by the shipowner up until recovery if the accident is a result of the ship's unseaworthiness. As a cruise ship crew member, you can seek compensation from the shipowner under a claim of unseaworthiness.

Meanwhile, a cruise ship crew member does not need to wait until they get injured before hiring a personal cruise ship crew member accident lawyer. You should have an experienced lawyer to put you through the guidelines of the Jones Act. Contact The Injury Firm on 954-951-0000 or online to get all your maritime injury cases resolved excellently.

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